ByRyan Matsunaga, writer at
MMA fan, BJJ enthusiast, and Executive Publisher at Creators Media.
Ryan Matsunaga

Conor McGregor went to hell and back tonight at UFC 202 to earn his victory, narrowly outpointing Nate Diaz in a heavily anticipated rematch.

McGregor weathered several close calls, and some are even reporting that he broke his shin during the course of the five round war. Ultimately though, his precision striking persevered on the judges' scorecards, earning "The Notorious" a majority decision.

At a post-fight press conference, McGregor confirmed that he had indeed suffered a shin injury of some kind during the fight, although it seems like it is not broken. Otherwise he says, he feels fine.

"[It's] my shin," he told reporters at his post-fight interview. "I kicked his knee about 40 times ... That's it, just my shin. Everything else is good."

McGregor also expressed gratitude to his coach and his training partners, attributing his win to his team.

"The whole lot of it brought out the best in me," he added. "It forced me to look at myself truly."

McGregor of course also gave some acknowledgements to his opponent, and it seems like he has a newfound respect for his former rival.

"[Nate's] a class competitor. It's intense in the buildup and everything is real. ... Respect is in the battle, for both me and them."


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